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2/21/2018

The number of students taking Advanced Placement tests and scoring a three or higher has increased about 70% over the past decade, according to The College Board. Data from 2017 show Massachusetts leading the pack in test access and performance.

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2/21/2018

Special-education teachers sometimes can feel isolated, special-education teacher Jayne Clare writes. In this blog post, she offers ideas, such as team teaching, that can help special-education teachers build connections with fellow educators.

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Edutopia online
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2/21/2018

Targeting "anchor institutions" in rural areas, such as schools, colleges and health care providers, could help dramatically expand access, according to the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition. The group estimates the effort would cost less than $20 billion.

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T.H.E. Journal
2/21/2018

Some students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the site of a recent school shooting on Feb. 14, lobbied state lawmakers to take action on an assault weapons ban. Lawmakers on Tuesday declined to take up the motion.

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National Public Radio
2/21/2018

An Arizona high school is partnering with an area community college to allow students to graduate from high school with a diploma and an associate degree. Students enrolled in the program will be able to start taking college classes in their freshman year of high school.

2/21/2018

Are you an expert in an area of STEM/STEAM education? Do you want to share your story and strategies with your peers? If so, submit a speaker proposal today for SmartBrief Education's fifth annual STEM Pathways Summit in New York City. The event takes place at the New-York Historical Society on Thursday, Oct. 18. Submit a proposal. Learn more about the event.

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2/21/2018

A pair of leather bands likely used as boxing gloves during the Roman period have been discovered at Vindolanda, the remains of a Roman fort in the UK. The gloves are meant to fit across the knuckles and may have been used for sparring, researchers say.

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2/21/2018

The recently discovered Yucatan underwater cave system holds a host of artifacts of the Maya culture as well as the remains of giant sloths, bears and elephant-like gomphotheres that date back about 15,000 years. Artifacts include wall etchings, ceramics, burnt human remains and a 9,000-year-old human skull, according to archaeologists.

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2/21/2018

The indigenous people thought to have gone extinct after the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean may not have completely disappeared, according to findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers found genetic evidence in a 1,000-year-old tooth that suggests the DNA from the Taino people still exists in modern Caribbean communities.

2/21/2018

The number of reported measles cases in Europe rose significantly in 2017 to more than 21,000, about four times the number of cases reported in 2016, according to the World Health Organization. Health officials say the increase could be because fewer people are getting vaccinated.

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The Scientist online